MARK TWAIN WRITES TO RUDYARD KIPLING’S ATTORNEY, A.T. GURLITZ: “AN AUTHOR IS INJURED BY THE PUBLICATION OF ANY UNAUTHORIZED EDITION OF HIS WORKS” ~~ CLARIFYING HIS VIEWPOINTS ON COPYRIGHT LAW FOLLOWING A HIGH PROFILE CASE DURING WHICH TWAIN HIMSELF PROVIDED TESTIMONY IN DEFENSE OF AUTHORIAL RIGHTS
CLEMENS, SAMUEL L. [MARK TWAIN]. (1835-1910.) American humorist, lecturer and writer. Autograph Letter Signed twice, “S.L. Clemens” and “S.L.C.” Three very full, separate pages, octavo. Ampersand, N.Y., September 14, 1901. Very fine condition.
“WOMAN WANTS BREAD; NOT THE BALLOT” ~~~ SUSAN B. ANTHONY OFFERS TO GIVE A LECTURE AND PROPOSES A SPLIT FOR THE GATE RECEIPTS
ANTHONY, SUSAN B. (1820-1906). American woman-suffrage advocate. Good Autograph Letter Signed, “Susan B. Anthony”, on National-American Woman Suffrage Association stationery, with the names of the various Suffrage leaders imprinted on it, along with their titles/positions. 2 1/2 full pages, large octavo. Chicago, Illinois, March 25th, 1876.
LINCOLN AND HIS FIRST LAW PARTNER JOHN T. STUART — JOINTLY ACKNOWLEDGE PAYMENT OF $50 FOR THEIR LEGAL SERVICES
ABRAHAM, LINCOLN. (1809-1865). President of the United States; assassinated. Exceedingly-rare and Choice [apparently unpublished], Autograph Document Signed, “A. Lincoln” in his capacity as attorney. No place [Springfield, Illinois]], April 7, 1854. One page, oblong narrow octavo. [approx 4 x 8 inches].
“I…KNOW A GOOD DEAL ABOUT THE NEGROES…AND MY OBSERVATION SATISFIES ME THAT, LIKE OTHER MEN, THE NEGROES ARE AS THEY ARE TREATED. … [SOUTHERN PLANTERS] ARE AMAZED AT THE POLITICAL CAPACITY AND THE MORAL GREATNESS EVINCED BY PEOPLE WHOM THEY HAVE BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO CONSIDER LESS THAN HUMAN.”
MARTINEAU, HARRIET. (1802-1876). English essayist, novelist, journalist, and economic and historical writer who was prominent among English intellectuals of the 19th Century; one of the first female writers to support herself by her own talent; considered the first female sociologist; observed a link between slavery and the oppression of women’s rights; considered one of the first feminists. Remarkable Autograph Letter Signed, “H. Martineau”. Eight full pages, small octavo. Ambleside, January 5, 1866.
NOTED AUTHOR AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE BOY SCOUTS, ERNEST SETON-THOMPSON
SETON-THOMPSON, ERNEST. (1860-1946). English-born Canadian-American author, wildlife artist and illustrator; one of the founding pioneers of the Boy Scouts of America. Autograph Letter Signed, “Ernest Seton-Thompson”. One full page, octavo. “144 Fifth Ave., B-4”, New York, January 10, 1900.
MILLARD FILLMORE — AN EXTREMELY LONG, EARLY, AND DETAILED LETTER ON THE “UNCEASING DRUDGERY” OF CONGRESSIONAL LIFE, POLITICAL ELECTIONS, CANADIAN REBELLIONS, AND IMMEDIATE FAMILY MATTERS
FILLMORE, MILLARD. (1800-74). Thirteenth President of the United States (1850-3). Exceptional Autograph Letter Signed, “Millard Fillmore”. Three very full pages, quarto. Washington, D.C., March 16, 1838.
U.S. GRANT ~~ AS PRESIDENT — SEEKS TO FIND A POLITICAL SUPPORTER AN APPOINTMENT IN THE COASTAL SURVEY STUDY
GRANT, ULYSSES S. (1822-1885). Eighteenth President of the United States; Union General in the civil war. Uncommon Autograph Note Signed, “U.S. Grant”, as President, on 3 ¾ x 2 ¼ card. January 10, 1876.